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Based on best-selling author Cecelia Ahern's novel 'Where Rainbows End', Love, Rosie is the story of two childhood friends, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin), who 'keep missing each other in love'. Long distance, failed marriages, even spats can't wear away the connection between the two people who always have other's back and turn to each other to seek solace. Do they end up living 'happily ever after'? Well, it's a rom-com.
In 1989, Harry Burns professed his love for Sally Albright in 'When Harry Met Sally...' because 'he knew whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life with and he wanted the rest of his life to start as soon as possible'. Two-and-a-half decades later, with a new crop of actors, Love, Rosie attempts the same with formulaic candy-floss romance from Nora Ephron's memorable film and is quite successful in warming the cockles of our hearts.
Playing childhood BFFs, Collins and Claflin bring forth an enchanting chemistry. It is a pre-requisite for any romantic comedy to bring on screen the tangibility of their romance. The actors make Rosie and Alex's bonding affable. Their familiarity forms the crux of their romance and their ability to take each other for granted has a relatable vein to it.
Disaster strikes when Alex moves to Harvard to study medicine and Rosie's unplanned pregnancy (not with Alex's child) separates them. She decides to withhold the information and, suddenly, their lives take starkly disparate paths. The story establishes them as two flawed characters who visibly complete each other. Director Christian Ditter brings this out beautifully through tender scenes, like the one where Rosie discloses the truth about her baby to Alex and he asks if he could be the godfather.
There are many hiccups in this drama. Using the track 'Push It' during a childbirth sequence is enraging, but the warm sunshine-filled lovable frames purge these flaws. The film's ribald humour, like a condom mishap and another S&M disaster provide good laughs(sans sleaze).
Love, Rosie is quaint comfort-cinema that makes for an amiable watch.
The film is only loosely based on Cecelia Ahern's novel 'Where Rainbows End' and the story is set over 12 years only instead of 45 years as in case of the novel.
The film was shot in Dublin (Ireland).
The US parts of the film were actually filmed in Toronto (Canada).
In the book, Katie actually was Brian's daughter (a character the film did not use).
When Alex first moves to Boston, he messages Rosie using a touch-phone which wasn't in rampant use at that time.
Many of the vehicles used in the film were not even made in the year, the film was set.
Spoiler alert! Please do not read the following plot summary if you have not seen the film.
Love, Rosie begins with Rosie making a wedding speech on Alex's wedding.She narrates how the two have been friends for as long as she can remember. The film slips into flashback mode and goes straight to Rosie's eighteenth birthday (of which she has very little memory). Alex and Rosie, both extremely high, were an inch away from kissing when she passes out. Next morning when he comes over to discuss what happened last night, he finds her in a sour mood because of her drunken experience. Alex and Rosie go to a beach soon after. Rosie gets asked out to the school dance by the fittest guy in their batch named Greg but she lets his offer pass because Alex was going to take her out. Bethany, a girl who is clearly way out of Alex's league, shows interest in him for the dance. Rosie acts cool and asks Alex to take Bethany instead and she and Greg go to the school dance as an item.
Greg and Rosie get a private room where the two have sex. Calamity happens when Greg's condom goes missing. She resorts to Alex for help and he takes her to the emergency room to get the condom extracted from and takes an emergency contraceptive pill.
Alex's father wants him to go to Harvard to study Medicine and he convinces Rosie to take the hotel management course at Boston University. Rosie gets a call from Boston University and runs to tell Alex. Alex and Bethany were making love and her loud moaning makes Rosie nauseous and she ends up puking. Rosie goes to a local chemist to find out and discovers that she is pregnant despite taking the pill.
She decides against telling Alex as he gets a call from Harvard and she doesn't want to put his life on hold for her. Initially, Rosie plans to join Alex later and give up her baby for adoption. But over her pregnancy, she gets attached to the baby. She decides on raising the girl by herself and gives her big American dream a miss.
She bumps into Bethany one day and the information of the baby gets passed on to Alex. In an impromptu visit, he comes down to see her. He asks Rosie if he can be Katie's Godfather. Rosie is visibly overwhelmed.
In America, Alex meets a posh girl and eventually moves in with her. Everything about her is apparently perfectly but she is a snooty, often superficial and not exactly warm as a person. Alex begins missing the warmth of someone who understands him and convinces Rosie to come see him. After a night of partying with him she discovers that his girl friend is pregnant with Alex's child. Rosie gets irked enough to tell Alex that she didn't see them as a good couple. She could forsee them falling apart. And Alex, unable to handle the truth, says a bunch of uncalled things to her including the fact that she is a single mother whereas his to-be child will have two loving parents. The trip ends on a terrible note for Rosie who returns home to her daughter.
Rosie bumps into Greg at work, and he wants her to take him back. She argues alot but the fact that he and Katie begin bonding so well becomes the cue for her to accept him back into her life. Alex remains detached from her since their fight in US.
Rosie ties the knot with Greg and Alex doesn't turn up for it. Meanwhile, Alex's life falls apart leaving him devastated. His girlfriend was having an affair and the child was actually not his. Rosie is shocked to hear it and consoles him.
Rosie's parents move out of England and go to the Mediterranean. One fine day, she gets a call from her mother saying her father has passed away. Rosie and Katie go to the funeral and there she spots on the grave, a gift from Alex with his condolences. Alex actually comes for it and Rosie hugs him and cries. Greg creates a scene with Alex at the funeral and that prompts him to write a confession to her about how he doesn't feel she and Greg fit together and about his feelings for Rosie.
Greg finds the letter and hides it from Rosie. When Rosie goes to work, she finds out that Greg has booked a bridal suite and assumes it is for their anniversary celebrations. However, she discovers Greg's meandering ways and that he has been cheating on her. She punches him and Greg is out of her and Katie's life.
Rosie finds the hidden letter in a closed drawer and gives Alex a call. She discovers Alex and Bethany have gotten back with each other and are soon going to get married. They want Rosie as Alex's best man.
Rosie flies out with the intention of telling her feelings to Alex but due to flight delay she reaches after the ceremony. In an emotional speech, she tells Alex how much she loves him and then covers up by saying that it's 'just friends' relationship only.
Katie (who is 12 at this instance) had brought along her best-friend Toby on the trip. The two remind Alex and Rosie of their childhood. Toby tries kissing Katie and she doesn't respond positively to it. Alex and Rosie calm down Katie and Alex tells her that if she doesn't respond to him correctly now, she will regret it for the rest of her life and keep looking for people who will just fail to be as good-enough for her. Alex reminds Rosie of her 18th birthday where the two actually kissed before she passed out.
Rosie bids goodbye Bethany and Alex at the airport and begins her life afresh. She starts her own hotel and on the day of the hotel's inauguration, Alex shows up sans the baggage of his former life. It is assumed that Bethany and he had parted ways. Rosie and Alex kiss and finally begin their love story that should have started long back.
Love, Rosie is based on the 2004 novel Where Rainbows End and the film stars Lily Collins,Sam Claflin, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone and Lily Laight. Love, Rosie has been getting mixed reviews from critics and fans. Social media is abuzz with audience tweeting their experience watching the film. Here are some of the responses from Twitter...
The movie Love, Rosie is very different than the book but it was still a really good movie! Sam and Lily perfectly portrayed Alex and Rosie.